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   Re: [SML] Preliminary EBNF v0.2

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  • From: William Lindsey <lindsey@diac.com>
  • To: Don Park <donpark@docuverse.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 10:43:28 -0700 (MST)

On Sun, 28 Nov 1999, Don Park wrote:

> The NameChar is basically anything except '<', '>', '&',
> and whitespace characters.

This, of course, breaks compatibility with XML.  A bad idea,
in my opinion.  I'd be much more interested in exploring
the possibility of codifying a restricted subset of XML that
can work with the tools I have (psgml, SAX, XSLT, etc.):

* No marked CDATA
* No external general entities
* No mixed content
* No colons in names ;-)
* A single character encoding

Once you've decided to leave XML compatibility behind, why
 (a) start over from scratch (S-Expressions, null end tags, etc.)
 (b) move this discussion to another forum


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